Critic’s corner: What’s on TV tonight

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Modern Family 9 and 9:30 p.m., Channel 5

The sitcom wasn’t on last week, because of the first presidential debate. So ABC is making up for the week off with two episodes tonight. In the first half-hour, Cam and Mitchell have a tense face-off with the lesbian parents of one of Lily’s schoolmates. And I love it when Cam has a tense face-off. I still fondly recall his experience in the kitchen with Gloria. The second episode has Phil going in for a vasectomy. Pictured (from left): Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, and Eric Stonestreet.

Law & Order: SVU 9 p.m., Channel 7


A talk-show host sexually assaults an S&M author who has a dark secret in her past. This one sounds like a typical “SVU” doozy, meaning it will cross the line from barely believable to completely absurd. Anna Chlumsky (pictured), who starred in “My Girl” in 1991 and is now part of the “Veep” ensemble, plays the author. Roger Bart, the baddie from “Desperate Housewives” and “Revenge,” is the talk-show host.

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Nashville 10 p.m., Channel 5

One, I love you.

Half-Ton Killer? 9 p.m., TLC

Oh yes they did.


Duck Dynasty 10 p.m., A&E

Introducing Daffy Carrington.

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